Monday, January 19, 2009

CRAFTY HAPPENING: Nohayquiensepa (Nooneknows) (February 1)

Nohayquiensepa (Nooneknows)
Aluna Theatre
Sunday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
Tickets are $12.00, $10.00 for Students/Seniors/Arts Workers
or $30.00 for a HATCHpass for all four projects in the HATCH 2009 season,
available by phone at 416-973-4000 or through

Aluna Theatre, as part of Harbourfront Centre's HATCH: emerging performance projects, explores how we deal with the death of strangers in a multidisciplinary workshop presentation inspired by events in a Colombian river town on the fringe of great violence; to be followed by a Q&A and facilitated discussion about evolving methods and media in theatre and dance creation. Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre.

The piece has grown from a concern with human rights in Colombia, and a fascination with how people cope and live with them. Puerto Berrio is a town in a “hot zone” of the armed conflict in that country. Along the riverbank, human scavengers often discover mutilated bodies that have floated down from some point further south. When a body is found and cannot be identified it is adopted by a local resident, cared for, and interred at a special mausoleum dedicated to the N.N.’s: the No Names. The N.N.’s return the favour: one man was inspired by his N.N. to choose the winning numbers of the local lottery.

Two-time Dora Award-winner Trevor Schwellnus, in conjunction with choreographer Olga Barrios, is adapting a Colombian approach to collaborative creation to explore innovative video techniques, including targeted projections, live drawing, and the use of video as dynamic lighting in the creation of new environments for performers. To bring these ideas to the stage, Aluna Theatre is exploring a movement and design dramaturgy based on their recent artistic exchange in Colombia with theatre makers Patricia Ariza, Carlos Satizabal, and Santiago Garcia.

Designer / lead artist: Trevor Schwellnus
Choreographer: Olga Barrios
Sound Designer: Thomas Ryder Payne
Performers and collaborating artists: Vanessa Cuervo, Natasha Greenblatt, Carlos Gonzalez-
Vio, Ravi Jain, Natalia Naranjo, Beatriz Pizano, Snjezana Pruginic, Mayahuel Tecozautla

Aluna Theatre’s goal is to create original plays that deal with pressing social issues and inspire social change. We believe in a theatre committed to reflecting the many aspects of the Canadian multicultural experience by including diverse cultural expressions and stories – in a way that comes together to form a distinct language of theatrical (re)presentation. Our past projects include: ArmAndo / Entrada (2008, an international artistic exchange), Madre (2008, 2 Dora Awards), Rap Opera (ongoing), Capturing Freedom (2005, co-production), For Sale (2003, 2 Dora Awards), and meeting playce (2003).

Learn more about the company and their work at


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